Random Observations: Loudon
Mental notes from a gloomy Sunday morning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
+ The infield scoring tower shows only the top seven positions. Nowhere is there a statistical category that recognizes a top-seven finish. A seventh-place showing usually falls under the top-10 banner.
+ If Red Bull Racing Team had a nickel for every Boston Red Sox hat seen throughout the weekend …
+ Hey, people who took their grandstand seats at 7:50 a.m., the race doesn’t start for another six hours.
+ The Web site www.weather.com has never seen so much traffic from the southern New Hampshire area.
+ When a Red Bull Racing team member is walking through garage with nothing but a lanyard around his neck, please don’t shout … “Hey, dude, got any Red Bull?” Because he doesn’t.
+ AJ Allmendinger said it best when New Hampshire doesn’t need to add banking, which has been the rumor floating around. The diversity in tracks, AJ said, is what makes the Sprint Cup circuit so challenging. But Bruton Smith, the chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc., said Sunday morning that there are “plans” in the works.
For the couch potatoes out there …
+ No. 83 over-the-wall crewmen Shaun Peet and Brian Haaland will be featured during TNT’s pre-race broadcast (12:30 p.m. ET). The two former college hockey players spent Thursday evening on the ice with TNT pit reporter Lindsay Czarniak.
+ AJ’s No. 84 starts 10th, while BV’s No. 83 takes the green flag in 40th for today’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 (2 p.m.).
+ Driving Eddie Sharp Racing’s No. 2 Red Bull Toyota, Scott Speed qualified eight for today’s ARCA race north of the border at Cayuga Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m.). It’s not on TV, so visit www.arcaracing.com.